£59m contract awarded to strengthen Tame Valley viaduct

VolkerFitzpatrick has won a £59m contract to strengthen the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct.

The 620m long structure has started to deteriorate and will therefore be reinforced with steel plates using a combination of welding and bolting.

Anti-corrosion paint will also be applied alongside other works to minimise the need for further refurbishment.

The composite viaduct built in the early 1970s, forms the northern end of the A38(M) Aston Expressway near Spaghetti Junction.

It will remain open during the works as VolkerFitzpatrick will use high level access platforms.

Deon Scholtz, operations director for VolkerFitzpatrick’s Infrastructure division said: “This is a vital part of Birmingham’s road network, and we look forward to working with the council to provide an integrated solution that achieves high levels of technical capability and service, leading to a safe, successful project completion.”

Cllr Liz Clements, Cabinet Member for Transport at Birmingham City Council commented: “This is a significant investment into a key piece of our city’s highways infrastructure. If we are to ensure people can move around the city as easy as possible and help business flourish, it is vital we carry out projects like this.”

VolkerFitzpatrick says it will be ensuring steps are taken to maximise safety on site, the firm will engage with the local community and look to minimise any environmental impacts.